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Birmingham woman died of 'compression to neck'

Crime scene in Woodlands Farm Road
Image caption Luan Leigh was found dead by paramedics on Sunday morning

A mother found dead at a home where two children were discovered seriously injured died from "strangulation-type" injuries, police have revealed.

Luan Leigh, 42, was found at her house in Pype Hayes, Birmingham, on Sunday.

A 15-year-old boy suffered a stab injury and a girl of nine was treated for strangulation-type injuries.

West Midlands Police said a 42-year-old man was being questioned on suspicion of murdering his ex-partner and trying to kill their two children.

West Midlands Police said the victim died as a result of "compression to the neck", according to a post-mortem examination carried out earlier.

The results meant this was "now officially a murder enquiry", the force added.

Police can question the man, from Sutton Coldfield, until the early hours of 2 July after being given another 36 hours to detain him.

The children were recovering in hospital.

Earlier Det Insp Paul Joyce said: "It's understood that both children were attacked in their sleep. The boy suffered a punctured lung and the girl has a badly bruised neck but thankfully both are expected to make a full recovery.

"A man has been arrested and, at this stage, we're not looking for anyone else in connection with this investigation."

Paramedics from West Midlands Ambulance Service pronounced the woman dead shortly before 07:30 BST on Sunday.

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